No, 316L steel is not the same thing as implant certified. There is an easy way to verify claims like that, just ask to see a “mill certificate” for the jewelry. All high end companies will provide you with an official certification of their material’s quality on request. Lots of piercers can tell you what you want to hear, but its up to you to verify that what they are saying is true. There is a huge difference between explaining why something is different than what you expect (example, explaining why threadless jewelry is equally as safe as internal threading) and trying to talk circles around you by explaining why your high standards aren’t really necessary.
The term “master piercer" was a title bestowed by Gauntlet in the 90’s for completing a certain level of training. For many current piercers in the industry Gauntlet is a special part of our history, it’s a bit of a pet peeve for piercers to use that title without earning it from Gauntlet.
Someone calling themselves a master piercer kind of shows a lack of effort to keep improving. I’ve been piercing for 17 years, and I know for a fact I haven’t mastered anything yet. Never stop learning.
Ryan Ouellette, APP outreach